Mak's Chee Authentic Wonton @ 1 UtamaThursday, February 11, 2016
Mak's Chee at 1 Utama is helmed by HK chef Johnny Yu, a grandson-in-law of noodle patriarch Mak Woon-chi and Michelin Star Chef, Chef Johnny had mastered Mak’s wonton noodle recipe and cooking style since he was 17 years old under the tutelage of Mak En, his father-in-law. Mak's Chee has roots dating back to the 1960s where the business is now in the run by Mak Chi-ming, a third-generation descendant of Mak Woon-chi (麥煥池) who once served the dish to the President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek. It is claimed that the recipe has remained unchanged since Mak's grandfather's time.
|Cooking in progress|
|Chef Johnny Yu |
Starting with Mak's Chee Signature Sea Prawn Wonton, a broth-filled bowl of noodles that conceal four prawn wontons beneath. It looked rather plain when it is served, but it proves memorably enjoyable. The gold egg noodles are thin and springy. According to chef Johnny Yu, Mak's noodles have to be thin, springy and smooth. The wontons are delicately shaped into their signature goldfish shaped tails which the prawn inside packed a convincingly juicy crunch and whole while undoubtedly fresh.
As Malaysian, we are also accustomed to dried noodle with sauce and they do serve it as well in Mak's Chee. Serving in their special blend of sauce that is curated and screening through to maintain the flavour and further blend with their own recipe. There is also options to add oyster sauce or Dry Prawn Roe for extra flavours. It's tad pricier as opposed to the soup based.
The wonton is also available for deep fried. The wonton is deep fried to golden crisp and though slightly dry, the texture is moist which is perfect for those snacks or bites.
They have also other variety though keeping the menu simple, is the "Braised Beef Tendon and Brisket". The "Braised Beef Tendon and Brisket" is whole lot more flavorful with an aromatic five-spice sauce that envelope the taste bud which is surely sets it apart from the wonton noodles. Personal preference would be the beef tendon and brisket that could use slightly longer braised that would be perfect. They do greens which is great for those doing balance in the meal.
With simplicity and the finest quality ingredients to ensure the very making of its uniqueness is preserved and staying true to its roots, Mak's Chee has all the makings that makes it truly one of a kind and Malaysian will be able to indulge without packing those luggage across to Hong Kong. So give it a try today and satisfy those cravings.
Mak's Chee Authentic Wonton Noodles
Lot LG311D, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,
1 Lebuh Bandar Utama,
Bandar Utama City Centre,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. (opposite Cold Storage)
Tel: 03-7722 2788
11am to 10pm daily